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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

331 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 116
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts. The intense roast character is the main attribute of this black colored beer. The alcohol content is 6.0%. Zonker has been recognized time and again as one of the top foregin style stouts.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of Larrydoherty
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Larrydoherty, May 27, 2013
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

harpus, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of warmstorage
2.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As sometimes happens, I'm left wondering if I tasted the same beer as others. This beer was a big reason I had high hopes for Snake River, and simply put, it disappointed.

I had it both on CO2 and then cask. The notes below are primarily for the CO2, except as specified.

Aroma: muted, as it was served way too cold. As it warmed, roast and slight chocolate.

Appearance: medium black, appropriate for style, but held up to light it shows a dark ruby with light shining though. I'm left wondering what the hell they are packaging in the bottle that has people describing it as so much darker than what I had on tap. Average head, medium/average carbonation, some lace, tight bubbles that fade fairly quickly. (Cask pour a little different, mostly a nicer, tighter, lacier head.)

Taste was heavy roast and some chocolate, with no noticeable hops. An unpleasant burnt wood/creosote very noticeable, and finishes somewhat sour. The most interesting thing about it was how terribly uninteresting it was, especially for a beer that has received so many accolades and awards. Cask had more pleasant chocolate, and a tiny bit less unpleasant burnt/creosote, but was only marginally better.

Overall, it's a very medium-average American/robust stout. I wouldn't complain if someone else was buying, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

warmstorage, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of NonicPanic
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

NonicPanic, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -28.2%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -28.2%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Winter
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thick brown head. Cocoa, roasted grain and chocolate malt in the nose. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Bland front opens up to a bitter-sweet middle of roasted malt and barley. But a hop bitterness dominates the finish. Unfortunately, the flavor turns sour. Overly carbonated right out of the bottle, it softened as the beer warmed a bit to room temperature. This is not a great stout. Drinkable, but not worth purchasing again.

Winter, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very opaque black, some brown highlights, a medium tan head and lots of lace. Smell is sweet, with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a sweet smokiness. Taste is bizaare, as its watery and tasteless until the end of the sip when you're hit with a strong chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation and silky smooth.

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Musky
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured silky smooth with a thick reddish head that has small and larger bubbles intermixed. The aroma of coffe and chocolate are strong. Smooth and tangy this one is as the bubbles dance on your tongue leaving a roasted barley aftertaste or burnt however you describe it. Mouthfeel is not as rich as you would normally see from this style of beer and very carbonated. A decent example of the Stout style, does have more hop flavor than I would expect from this style.

Musky, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

came ina 12 oz brown short neck.
Very attractive looking dark, dark almost pitch black beer with purpleish toes, small very dark tan head good for the style.
Very strong and appealing aroma of dark unsweetned chocolate and sweet overripe black cherries.Cocoa powder and malted milk also
Weird after the great aroma I was expecting more, but what i got was a very sour , lactic tasting stout, with barelly a bit of chocolate flavour near the end and a very sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was pretty mundane and too watery for the style.
I found this beer not very drinkable..a let down .
I hope this was just an odd bad bottle.

Reidrover, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark brown head a half inch thick, composed of fine bubbles, topped this black beer that had faint chocolate highlights. Decent head retention too and some lacing to boot. The aroma was creamy, with a light roast coffee character and milk chocolate. The flavour started out quite weak and watery, but sweetness soon followed. Things picked up at the midpoint, with chocolate and hop flavours accompanying a moderate bitterness. A thick, lactose sweetness also showed up at this point. It finished roasty and off-dry, with some lingering acidity. Silky, viscous body and low carbonation with a bit of slickness. Overall, it had a good flavour once it kicked in, but I found myself enjoying it less as I proceeded through the bottle. Thanks Viggo!

DrJay, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back directly from the Jackson Hole. It poured out like motor oil! The head was suprisingly darker than I have noticed from other stouts. It was almost a deep brown. The smell was somewhat pleasing with caramel, buttery, choclate aroma. The taste was nice upfront, but the finish was a little out of balance. The bitter chocolate and roasted nut were a little too sharp for me. It seemed to me that this was a little to heavy for an all nighter. Good stout overall, but a little overrated in my mind.

ALESwhatCURESya, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of pwoods
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep black with no visibility. 2 fingers of strong off white head rises with good retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Deep roasted, almost burn malts. Just a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet molasses.

T/M: Roasted maltiness and grains are the main feature. Hops add a much needed bitterness to balance things out a bit. The chocolate however is almost unnoticeable. Body is pretty full with mild carbonation.

D: Pretty decent stout. Would liked to have seen a bit more sweetness. I have a few more in the fridge so I'll drink those but there are a bunch of others I think I'd go to first.

pwoods, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Ragingbull
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a cola like finish in terms of bubbly prickle. The head starts out thick and foamy but its lively and breaks apart leaving just a rim of foam and some light lacing. Some mild oatmeal on the nose and some light roasty tones. Deep rich roasted malt and smoke flavors throughout the flavor and body. Light body and mouthfeel for the deepnes of the roasted flavors and for this style in general. A littl booze like at the finish, but mostly smoke. I would attribute any "booziness" that pops through to the lighter body and not carrying it. Background is pretty dry and the flavors "pop" pretty well. Full flavor presentation but nothing out of this world.

Ragingbull, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of jcalabre
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Wyoming beauty pours black with a frothy brown head.
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with a definite smell of bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor: It has a medium mouthfeel with an almost oily texture. The finish is dry. This is a straight ahead, dry stout. It's very nicely done.

jcalabre, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

richkrull, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Roberto11232
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Roberto11232, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

BARFLYB, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of StoneTSR
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Black, with a slow-fading brown head which quickly drops from about a half-inch into a thin, wispy cap. Interestingly, it foams up a good deal with just the slightest agitation. Setting the glass back down on the table creates a big boost to the head. I don't think I've seen anything like this before.

SMELL: Roasty notes are all over this beer, with dark chocolate and hints of vanilla behind it.

TASTE: A big coffee flavor is to be expected with the roasty nose...and this coffee flavor is huge. A touch of nuttiness can also be tasted beneath the darker flavors of chocolate and coffee. A bit of vanilla rounds it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a silky mouthfeel. The roast leaves the palate feeling like it has been charred a little bit...it's probably too much.

OVERALL: Good, solid stout, but again, the roasted malt is a little too intense. If it were just a little more mellow in that department it'd be outstanding.

StoneTSR, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of whahappened27
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

whahappened27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of WheelsPSU
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

WheelsPSU, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jkermitj
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jkermitj, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of RJUGA03
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a used motor oil colored body with a slight medium-brown head.
S-Aromas of coffee, chocolate, nut, and malts.
T-On the draw it offered flavors to the coffee and chocolate smells. The sip finished smoothly.
M-At first it was quite viscous and flowed into a lingering coffee bittered aftertaste.
D-This is a great year round stout beer and I do enjoy it. It has a bit of a hard time standing apart from other stouts in my humble opinion.

RJUGA03, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of divineaudio
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my deschutes snifter. thanks to dcloeren for the trade on this one.

a - pours a greasy black, like used motor oil. only got a thin film of head and leaves a few small legs of lacing in my glass.

s - prunes, leather, molasses, smoked sausage or bacon maybe.

t - roasted malt right up front followed by faint molasses and dark fruity notes. finish is on the dry side with a light, coffee like bitterness.

m - medium in body and carbonation.

o - nothing amazing going on here, just a good, solid beer that drinks well. if they distributed to michigan i'd certainly buy more.

divineaudio, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Fluffy brown head pours two fingers thick and dissolves ever so slowy. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Dark sugars. Earth. Hops.

T: Delicate roasted coffee is folowed by milk chocolate with a tiny hop tingle on the tongue. Roasted barley and caramel malts balance everything out quite well. A slight hint of nuts and a very earth like finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: The only thing holding one back from knocking down a sixer is the full body of this brew. Surprisingly tasty with varied flavors throughout. Recommend.

Tyrawlings, Mar 13, 2007
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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.